After living, over the past 27 years, between Munich, Siena, Cairo, Boston, and Berlin, Nura joined the Department of Religion at Princeton in the fall of 2017. At Princeton, Nura focuses on Islamic Studies and is interested in Islam as an early modern and modern phenomenon and in the way its conceptualizations inform, and are formed by, contemporary political, legal, and academic discourses. Within the Islamic traditions, she works in particular on Islamic historiography and conceptions of time, including salvation history and eschatology.
With a critical focus on textual analysis and gender, Nura’s scholarly aim is to question linear approaches to the study of history and complicate key historiographical assumptions like time in the Euro-American academic literature. Nura received a B.A. in Islamic Studies from the Institut für Islamwissenschaft at Freie Universität zu Berlin, an A.M. in Islamic Studies from the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at Harvard University, and has spent significant time living in Egypt and studying at the American University in Cairo.